Table 1. FDA allowable active ingredients in sunscreens*

UV filter Other names   Maximum concentration
p-Aminobenzoic acid PABA 15% (USA, AUS); 5% (EU)
Padimate O OD-PABA, octyldimethyl-PABA, σ-PABA 8% (EU, USA, AUS); 10% (JP) (Not currently supported in EU and may be delisted.)
Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid Ensulizole, Eusolex 232, PBSA, Parsol HS 4% (USA, AUS); 8% (EU); 3% (JP)
Cinoxate 2-Ethoxyethyl p-methoxycinnamate 3% (USA); 6% (AUS)
Dioxybenzone Benzophenone-8 3% (USA, AUS)
Oxybenzone Benzophenone-3, Eusolex 4360, Escalol 567 6% (US); 10% (AUS, EU); 5% (JP)  
Homosalate Homomethyl salicylate, HMS 10% (EU, JP); 15% (USA, AUS)
Menthyl anthranilate Meradimate 5% (USA, AUS)
Octocrylene  Eusolex OCR, 2-cyano-3,3diphenyl acrylic acid, 2-ethylhexylester 10% (USA, AUS, EU, JP)
Octyl methoxycinnamate Octinoxate, EMC, OMC, Ethylmethoxycinnamate, Escalol 557, 2-ethylhexyl-paramethoxycinnamate, Parsol MCX 7.5% (US); 10% (EU, AUS); 20% (JP)
Octyl salicylate Octisalate, 2-Ethylhexyl salicylate, Escalol 587, 5% (EU, US, AU); 10% (JP)
Sulisobenzone 2-Hydroxy-4-Methoxybenzophenone-5-sulfonic acid, 3-benzoyl-4-hydroxy-6-methoxybenzenesulfonic acid, Benzophenone-4, Escalol 577 5% (EU); 10% (US, AU, JP)
Trolamine salicylate Triethanolamine salicylate 12% (USA, AUS)
Avobenzone 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-(4-tert-butylphenyl)propane-1,3-dione, Butyl methoxy dibenzoylmethane, BMDBM, Parsol 1789, Eusolex 9020  3% (US); 5% (EU, AUS);10% (JP)
 Ecamsule Mexoryl SX, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid 10% (EU, AUS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Source, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sunscreen